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Ferguslie Park Housing Association appoint local supported business

FPHA awards contract to Aspire Community Solutions to carry out common grounds maintenance and grass cutting.

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Ferguslie Park Housing Association (FPHA) is delighted to announce that it has awarded a contract to Aspire Community Solutions to carry out common grounds maintenance and grass cutting of tenants’ gardens. Aspire Community Solutions is an award-winning supported business, based in Paisley, providing a variety of services in ground maintenance and construction. Ferguslie Park said that “Aspire is headed up by the dynamic and inspiring young owner” Jordan McPhail who set the company up when he was 16-years-old. As part of its work, Aspire also delivers training and employability to people who have significant barriers to employment in Renfrewshire.

Jordan McPhail: “Winning the tender for FPHA is an important step in our development, as it underlines the importance of public bodies using a supported business, like ourselves, that help local disadvantaged people but can also deliver quality services and maintain value for money.”

FPHA Chief Executive Catrina Miller said: “Appointing a local supported business for grounds maintenance is a first in Scotland for a housing association.

“The values of Aspire is a match to the values of FPHA, as we change the focus of the organisation to concentrate on delivering more for the community in Ferguslie.

“Aspire submitted a professional response to our public tender which was really great to see, and we would firmly urge public bodies to think about using a local supported business for the delivery of services.”

The work Aspire carries out in Ferguslie will not only include grass cutting but also include litter picking, shrub maintenance and other environmental services all year round.

Pictured: FPHA Chief Executive Catrina Miller with Jordan McPhail.